Author: Bob Brewer

Good-Bye China, Hello Vietnam

By: Bob Brewer, Braumiller Law Group The trade war between the U.S. and China has dragged on for more than a year now with 25% tariffs currently placed on $200 billion of Chinese goods. On August 1, President Trump announced that the U.S. would move forward with imposing a 10 percent ad valorem tariff on

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China Plus One and the IMMEX

By: Bob Brewer, VP Marketing, Braumiller Law Group & Brenda Cordova, BLG Mexico Attorney Having heard the proverbial expression of “Not putting all of one’s eggs in one basket” since I was about 7 years old, I can’t imagine laying out a marketing strategy and business expansion plan in this day and age without looking

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Amazon, A-Z Direct from China

By: Bob Brewer, VP of Marketing, Braumiller Law Group, PLLC When you look at the breakdown in manufacturing and retail, and what percent of that comes into the U.S. from China, it’s a no-brainer to someone like Jeff Bezos to want to “own” the entire logistics operation of getting product direct from China into an

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Tariffs and Walmart…. What’s Going on in Wally World?

By Bob Brewer, VP Marketing BLG A few weeks ago, Walmart’s top brass in Bentonville Arkansas kindly asked the Trump administration to scale back on its plan to put tariffs on Christmas lights, shampoo, dog food, luggage, mattresses, handbags, backpacks, vacuum cleaners, bicycles, cooking grills, cable cords and air conditioners. In a letter to U.S.

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We Are Here To Assist With Section 301 Tariffs

We Are Here To Assist With Section 301 Tariffs On September 18, 2018, the USTR issued a press release on the finalization of tariff numbers for goods on Section 301 List 3. The additional tariffs of 10% was effective on September 24, 2018. List 3 can be found here. The list contains 5,745 HTS subheadings

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NAFTA Negotiations: Only 2 out of 3 Currently in Talks

By Bob Brewer, VP BLG Marketing President Trump recently lashed out with a new automobile related tariff threat against Canada, who at this time is sitting on the sidelines of the negotiation process, while retaliating against the steel and aluminum tariffs the U.S. slapped on them a few months ago. In the meantime, ongoing NAFTA

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NAFTA-Where are we now?

By Bob Brewer, VP Marketing, BLG Honestly, the odds of President Trump pulling the U.S. out of NAFTA, in my opinion, was rather inflated. It’s simply a tactic in the “art of the negotiation”. Vegas odds of President Trump leaving the North American Free Trade Agreement have now dropped sharply, trade observers say, but the

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Manufacturing Mantra: Digitize or Die

I just returned from Hong Kong. The conferences, “Prime Source Forum”, and “Made in Asia” that we (Adrienne Braumiller of Braumiller Law Group and myself) attended this past March were led by the mantra of “Digitize or Die.” In my opinion, what this essentially translates to is “get with the program” regarding new innovations in

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NAFTA

A Re-Negotiation of NAFTA: Perhaps, Perhaps Not

By: Bob Brewer, VP Marketing President Trump made it perfectly clear that he plans on following through with the re-negotiation of NAFTA. As most can’t look away, via our daily feed of what I would identify as a “veritable plethora” of new executive orders being signed, a meeting with the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

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Cuba and the Potential New World

It’s been six decades of diplomatic separation between Cuba and the U.S., and Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro nevertheless found a way to sit down together recently in Panama and make a public display of their talks at a regional summit, moving one step closer to restoring diplomatic ties.

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WTO & the Bali Package: “Done”

The World Trade Organization (WTO) was formed in January 1995 after the Uruguay Round trade negotiations. Some would say that we have come a long way since then in easing the flow of world trade….and some would say….sure…but at an absolute snail’s pace. To date 159 countries make up the WTO with approximately 130 of

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Made in Mexico vs. Made in China

According to Gabriel Lozano, J.P. Morgan’s chief economist for Mexico, until recently, China had been much more attractive to industry being cheaper, more flexible, and more accommodating; but wages in China are steadily rising, putting cost pressure on manufacturers. Lozano states, “Mexico didn’t start to win the battle against China until we started the recovery

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